Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Aug 06, 2014

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Love the look of sunflower but are unaware of the benefits its seeds can offer? Well, it’s time you know more than the beauty that this flower can offer.
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    Sunflower Seeds

    Sunflower is known for its love for sunlight that makes it follow the sun throughout the day. Another amazing property of this flower is the many health benefits that its seeds can offer. Sunflower seeds, located at the center of the flower, give the following health benefits. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Cancer Prevention

    Sunflower seeds are a rich source of selenium which has been shown to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells. As a result, selenium helps inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells. Therefore, sunflower seeds can be good for preventing cancers such as prostate cancer. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Better Bone Health

    Sunflower seeds are also rich in magnesium, which along with calcium, is necessary for strong bones. Adding sunflower seeds to your foods and diet will help you cater to the magnesium requirement of your body, leading to stronger bones. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Helps Nerves

    The magnesium present in sunflower seeds also prevents calcium from rushing into nerve cells, keeping our nerves relaxed. Too little intake of magnesium can allow calcium to gain entrance to the nerve cell, leading to too much contraction. Sunflower seeds help your nerves and therefore, the muscles stay calm and relaxed. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Relieves Stress

    Sunflower seeds also help prevent risk of higher blood pressure, muscle tension, migraine headaches, soreness and fatigue, all of which are caused by deficiency of magnesium. The seeds also contain an amino acid called tryptophan that helps produce serotonin, an important neurotransmitter which relieves tension, calms the brain and promotes relaxation. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Vitamin E

    Sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin E which directly protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation. In many studies, vitamin E applied topically has been shown to prevent UV damage. Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant protecting the skin from harmful oxygen-free radicals. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Anti-Oxidants

    Sunflower seeds also contain several natural anti-oxidants such as chlorogenic acid, quinic acid, and caffeic acids which can help detoxify the body and remove harmful oxidant molecules. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Folic Acid

    Sunflowers seeds can also help you with DNA synthesis as they are rich in folic acid. Sunflower seeds can be very good for a woman who is expecting as the folic acid present in them can help reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the baby.Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Niacin and Pyridoxine

    Sunflower seeds are also rich in niacin and pyridoxine, the B-complex vitamins, which can help reduce LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood, as well as reduce anxiety and neurosis. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Minerals

    Sunflower seeds are also abundant in several essential minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, and copper. Most of these minerals help with bone mineralization, red blood cell production, hormone production, enzyme synthesis, and regulation of cardiac activities.Image Courtesy: Getty

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